Happy Halloween, everyone! I promise to keep this short and snappy so you can focus on costumes and candy in the very near future.
By starting a sentence with later, tomorrow, next week, or next year, you're setting yourself up to look toward the FUTURE TENSE. So as not to put you on the spot, I'll feature in all of today's sentences.
-Later, I'll put on my fuzzy-eared headband and pass out candy.
-Tomorrow, I'll meet with a student to review the latest draft of her college essay.
-Next week, I hope to visit with friends.
-Next year, who knows, I might be vacationing in Tahiti!
Notice how "might" appeared in that last sentence? Might, could, should, and will can also indicate a switch to the unknown or planned FUTURE. A promise, pledge, or prediction clearly affect the the FUTURE, too.
-I could have enough candy, if I don't eat it all before the kids arrive.
-I should resist, but that's easier said than done. (only kidding)
-I will walk extra laps around the block if I consume too much.
-I pledge to keep creating these spoonfuls up to Spoonful #100, and possibly higher.
I honestly can't conceive of a book being written entirely in the FUTURE TENSE. But whether your story is narrated in PRESENT or PAST, feel free to sprinkle in some FUTURE TENSE sentences.
So look toward the FUTURE and make plans for you and your characters. Go forth and (safely) have a blast!!
Laura F. Cooper